Honolulu's Next Landfill Could Be In Kailua

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

UPDATED 4/20/12 4:05 p.m.

Ameron Quarry in Kailua received the highest score in a double-blind analysis of 11 potential sites for the city's next landfill.

The results were revealed Friday and are the emotional if not technical end of a year-and-a-half process to rank locations. The work involved a consultant, R.M. Towill, who knew the sites but not the ranking criteria and a panel of residents who picked the criteria but weren't told which sites were under consideration until today. This is what they came up with:

Location Score
Ameron Quarry 675
Upland Nanakuli 1 583
Upland Kahuku 1 572
Upland Pupukea 1 543
Keaau 543
Upland Pupukea 2 521
Upland Kahuku 2 514
Kapaa Quarry Road 507
Kaneohe by H3 498
Upland Laie 498
Upland Hawaii Kai 451

Source: R.M. Towill presentation to Landfill Site Selection Committee

The rankings and a full report will now head to the mayor, who can decide which site to move forward on.

"I think it's fair," said committee member David Arakawa, who arrived right at the end of the meeting and wasn't there when the rankings were announced. "It reflects not putting a dump where people live."

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